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1. We got home from our IL trip and found around 15 plus inches of snow. I’m glad to announce that Caleb, like his dad, loves the snow. I can’t wait until he is old enough to ski with me.

2. There are many people in my life who have really shaped who I am. Some of them being my mom, my mom’s dad, my brother, my aunt and uncle, and Maria’s dad. We just spent a little over a week with Maria’s Dad and it made me reflect on these people and how grateful I am for them. I only hope I can be as kind, loving, generous, and faithful as these people. In the season of Thanksgiving, I just wanted to take a moment and say how thankful I am for people who help others become better people, especially those who did this for me.

3. Last week we saw Argo. It was the first movie we’ve seen in the theatre together since Caleb was born. I am usually not a Ben Affleck fan, but we both really liked Argo. Go see it.


1. Chocolate chips were on sale so I bought a few bags. 15 that is! 3 for $5, I had to!

2. Yesterday, I did a guest post over at Chef in Training. Make sure you check it out. You don’t want to miss the cookie recipe!

3. Are you traveling for the holidays? Check out Amanda’s post on the 12 Best Travel Apps.

4. This grilled cheese sandwich has my name written all over it.

5. It’s no secret that we are cereal fanatics. Well, one of my favorite cereals is Crunchy Corn Bran. I’ve have had a hard time finding it lately, but when we were in Illinois, I spotted it. Of course, I bought some to bring back with us, but guess what? It’s no longer called Crunchy Corn Bran. It’s Corn Bran Crunch. It tastes the same, just a different name. Now, I have to find it in Utah.

6. I am still planning our Thanksgiving menu. I am the worst at making decisions, especially when food is involved. I want to make too many things. I am for sure making Potato Rosemary RollsSprouts, and Sourdough Stuffing. I always like to try a few new recipes though. Right now these recipes are calling my name: Crispy Kale SaladPumpkin Scalloped PotatoesOatmeal Chocolate Chip Pecan Pie, and Creamy Pumpkin Pie Bars. What is on your menu this year?

7. I wasn’t sure what to make for dinner this week so we decided to serve up a little Caleb:)

8. We are teaching a Christmas Cookie Class on December 1st in Salt Lake City. If you live in Utah, come hangout with us and eat cookies! And while we are talking cookies, get ready, because Holiday Cookie Cravings is going on sale on November 26th. Mark your calendars. More details to come!

9. Last night I attended  Deer Valley’s Annual Winter Menu Tasting Event. Wow! What a spread! I am still full. If you haven’t been to Deer Valley, make sure you go during ski season and grab a bite…or two, or three to eat. Their food is phenomenal!

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I'm Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. Being from Buffalo, one thing I do not miss is snow!! Glad I live in CA now!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Ohhh I wish I was in Utah, I’d love to go to your cookie class!

  2. OMG snow! We had 6 inches the other day and I was not prepared. Hoping it will stay away from us for a few more weeks. I do wish we had chocolate chip sales like that…the cheapest they ever get for me is 2 for $5 and then if I have a coupon….

  3. OMG….where in the world did you find Guittard chips for 3 for $5. The cheapest I’ve found them in my neck of the woods (CT) is $3.99 EACH.

  4. I loved Argo also, great movie, and I love, love, snow! Now that could be because I live in South Texas and don’t have to deal with the headaches that come with living in the north! Cute picture of Caleb!

  5. The picture of caleb in the pot is soooo cute! I will totally do that to my kids someday – hah!

  6. I love the HIS and HERS. ๐Ÿ™‚ THe snow looks wonderful! As well as the time with family. YAY on the cooking class and YAY on your book!!! You guys deserve all the success in the World!!!

  7. Argo is an awesome movie!! Everyone clapped at the end! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family! Caleb is so adorable! <3

  8. I’m so jealous – I love the food at Deer Valley! I actually order their chili mix all the time and keep bags of it in the pantry so I can make it here on the east coast. ๐Ÿ™‚ And Caleb is such a cutie, what a great pic!

  9. Great pictures! I love, love, love snow! I am going to miss it now that I live in Texas, I envy you all so much! LOL!

  10. So many great links, and a good reminder that I need to make your new brussels sprouts dish. I think I’ll take a little Caleb, too! ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Thank you SO much for including my pie! Caleb is so adorable as always and congrats on the cookie classes! How fun!

  12. Corn Bran Crunch is also one of our favorite cereals! We have no trouble finding it (previously in Seattle and now in Walnut Creek, Ca). My husband loves it for breakfast but I love it as a snack! I will measure out a portion, melt a couple of squares of Hershey’s Special Dark in the microwave and drizzle it over the cereal, let is set up for just a minute and then eat it. SO GOOD! I tell myself it’s relatively healthy but it’s really delicious, too. At least I think so! Also good if you add a few dried cranberries, as well. I will make up a small ziplock bag and take it with me to the movie theater intead of buying concession stand popcorn & candy.

  13. Oh I so wish I lived in SLC! I would love to take a class from you guys! Little Caleb is so cute! And I bet he tasted very good ๐Ÿ˜‰

  14. Not sure if she will see this but @Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers, I am from Buffalo too (still live here though)! No snow this season yet! ๐Ÿ™‚